NZOSS Membership and Computerworld Offer

After introducing our "free as in beer membership" option last year we have noticed a drop off in paid up members. As a society we run on a very low level of funds, 99.9% of the work we carry out is voluntary. However, there are times when having funds are useful. An example would be trying to help pay for flights for visiting speakers such as Richard Stallman, who will be in NZ next month.

So, this is an appeal to those of you who may not have paid your annual subscription. Please go ahead and do so. Details of how to renew financial membership are here:

Homegrown Open Source Release: OnlineGroups.Net's GroupServer

Posted on: June 18, 2008 - 22:24 By: dave

Christchurch-based OnlineGroups.Net have just reached a major milestone, the first release of their impressive email+web collaboration open source web services application: GroupServer. Here's the scoop from OnlineGroups.Net's founder and director, Dan Randow:

After five years in development, our software-as-a-service at OnlineGroups.Net is out of beta, and we have released as open source GroupServer 1.0α, the software that powers it.

AGM 2008

Posted on: June 16, 2008 - 08:06 By: carl

The 2008 AGM of the New Zealand Open Source Society has now ended.

Many thanks to all those who took the time to attend. We very much appreciate your continued support.

The 2008 AGM of the New Zealand Open Source Society will be held on:

Sunday the 22th of June starting at 2pm.

The meeting will be conducted primarily via an IRC channel #nzoss

Voting, if required, will be conducted online via the main NZOSS website. You must be a registered and current financial member and be logged in to vote on the website.

Broadband map released under open source policy

Posted on: May 27, 2008 - 23:02 By: carl

The State Services Commission contracted local companies to develop the Broadband Map and have released the underlying code under an Open Source license according to this Computerworld article. The Broadband Map is part of the overall Digital Strategy and is designed to visually show demand areas by sector to encourage network infrastructure development. It has apparently been used with some success in Australia and the US so here's hoping.

Oh, and local companies ProjectX andSilverStripe both get plugs as well!!

NZ education software wins People's Choice award

Posted on: May 27, 2008 - 22:19 By: carl

This Computerworld story is about the mainly New Zealand developed Open Source eLearning XHTML editor (eXe). This is an excellent effort and demonstrates yet again the power that the Open Source collaborative development model has in benefiting and supporting society.

There is also reference to how well eXe perfomed in a live test of a load into a Learning Management System. The test used a format called the "Common Cartridge" which is designed to allow compliant learning modules to be loaded into any complaint LMS, thus giving the end users the choice that standards are supposed to bring...

SNZ Magazine Article

Over a month ago I was asked to submit an article for Standards NZ official magazine. That is an offline publication but it was released this week. Here is the article I submitted, it appears alongside a piece by Brett Roberts of Microsoft:

Don Christie of the NZOSS Discusses why he is Against the OOXML Standard

The Standards NZ press release announcing its recent decision to vote against Microsoft's proposed OOXML standard states what has been obvious to technical experts across the world:

Government Web Standards Wiki

Posted on: May 8, 2008 - 23:09 By: carl

One of our members has pointed out that there is a Government Web Standards Wiki up and running. From the about page we have "The intent of this wiki is to provide a collaborative website where anyone who is interested in the New Zealand Government Web Standards and Recommendations and Web Standards compliance can share knowledge and make suggestions on the future development of the Standards."

We know that a lot of work has already been done in this area by NZOSS members in Wellington especially so here is a chance to contribute on line as well if you wish.

You'll need to email the SSC to request an account and details of that process are available here.

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